Dhaka – Bangladesh made its milestone clear at its 100th victory with a 141-run win against Afghanistan on Saturday at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka.
A century from Tamim Iqbal and a three-wicket haunt by Mosharraf Hossain ensure the Tigers’ big win against the Afghans leading Bangladesh to a 2-1 victory in the latest one-day international series.
Batting first, Bangladesh set a target of 280 runs for the visitors although it was expected that the Tigers would post them over 300 runs in Murpur venue.
To chase the target, the Afghans were bundled out for 138 runs in the 34th over.
Espncricinfo writes the match was virtually sealed in the 23rd over of Afghanistan’s 280 chase, when Samiullah Shenwari was dismissed. They were eventually bowled out for 138 in 34th over to cap off a spin capitulation, led by comeback man Mosharraf Hossain, who picked up three wickets.
That Bangladesh could build scoreboard pressure on Afghanistan was largely due to Tamim Iqbal’s seventh ODI century that helped ride a middle-order implosion.
Sabbir Rahman, who made 65, complemented Tamim in a 140-run second-wicket stand and Mahmudullah provided the late impetus with a cameo 32 that left Afghanistan having to achieve their highest-successful chase to win the series.
Any chance of this being a close finish hinged on Mohammad Shahzad, the wicketkeeper batsman. But Afghaistan’s chase hit a road block as soon as he was snuffed out for a duck by Mashrafe Mortaza in the third over.
A 47-run second-wicket stand between Nowroz Mangal and Rahmat Shah, albeit slowly, gave them an opportunity to claw back, but Bangladesh’s experience and superiority prevailed in the end, according to the website.
Nawroz Mangal and Rahmat Shah tried hard to stay on the wicket and build a partnership. However, eleven overs later, Nawroz was trapped in front off Mosharraf while attempting a sweep. A delighted Mosharraf was over the moon after getting his first ODI wicket in eight years.
Tamim Iqbal smacked a run-a-ball 118 at the top with 11 fours and two sixes and was the mainstay of Bangladesh’s batting.
Mahmudullah came to their rescue with a cameo 32 to leave Afghanistan having to achieve their highest-successful chase in ODIs to win the series.
Afghanistan were very poor in the field, according to espncricinfo.com. It started in the third over when Asghar Stanikzai, the captain, put down a sitter to reprieve Tamim on 1.
Overthrows, misfields and run-out opportunities were a regular feature from there on as Tamim and Sabbir Rahman, who struck his third half-century, put together 140 for the second wicket.